I suppose you could say my fashion blogging career started in this playground.
Sometime during my awkward high school years, probably drooling over the spreads of Teen Vogue, I realized this park would work as a pretty darn cute backdrop for my amateur “fashion photography,” if you can even call it that. So, I would grab my
best friends models, put together some outfits [all fitting within a theme of course, jungle fever or bohemian flower child, perhaps], style them, and shoot away. I had quite the portfolio for a 16-year-old with a point-and-shoot.
Anyway, it only seemed fitting to stop by the old playground when I was in town, and experience for myself what I used to put my friends through all those years. Ladies, I do apologize now.
Blazer, The Limited [similar] | Oxford, Gap [similar] | Jersey Skirt, American Apparel | Tartan Frat Hat, Southern Proper | Monogram necklace c/o Onecklace | World Watch, Urban Outfitters | Le Pliage Tote, Longchamp | Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]
Though my family no longer lives there, I couldn’t resist a short trip down to my home area of the Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania when the opportunity arose over the holidays. It really deserves a travel post of its own, but most of our time on this particular journey was spent inside visiting old friends [and eating... namely Wawa, Philly Cheesesteaks, Half Moon Saloon's Crab Nachos, and Hank's Place's famous corned beef hash].
I did have to take a few moments, though, to show BF some of my favorite childhood sights, like this darling covered bridge. While the original from 1839 has since burned down, this 2002 version was rebuilt to replicate the original, and it still holds the same rustic, single-lane charm [as nerve-racking as driving over it may be!].
Sweater, Banana Republic [similar 1; 2] | Plaid Skirt, J.Crew Factory [similar] | 24K Gold Plated Monogrammed Necklace c/o Onecklace | Pearl necklace, J.Crew [similar] | Bag, Jesslyn Blake [similar splurge // similar steal] | Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]
My monogrammed necklace [which has been on my wish list for-EVER] was sent to me by the kind folks at Onecklace– much more affordable than most retailers I’ve seen, yet still beautiful quality. And you just cannot beat free shipping!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas! Taking a few days off around here to enjoy the season, but I will leave you with these fun snapshots from a mini photoshoot little sis and I did… photos by her very talented man Ryan Whitten– check out this guy’s fantastic work!
Emily:: Skirt, Jack Wills [similar] | Necklace, J.Crew [similar] | Original Gloss Rain Boots, Hunter
Morgan:: Vest, J.Crew | Necklace, J.Crew [similar] | Original Rain Boots, Hunter
Both:: Christmas Plaid Shirt, Jack Wills [similar]
See you next week! xo
Ok ok, it’s technically already Thirsty Thursday– we’re a little behind here in the chaos of the holidays this week!
On Christmas Eve, I love nothing more than curling up in some themed pajamas with a mug of hot cocoa… spiked just a tiny bit if possible :) Cliche much? What’s your Christmas Eve tradition?
[ wear this ]
The Debling Dressing Gown, Jack Wills $98.50
Plaid Lodge Moccasins, J.Crew, $49.50
(plus 30% off with code GIVENOW)
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[ drink that ]
christmas eve hot chocolate from hot chocolate by fred thompson
serves 8 in regular cups or 16 in espresso cups
[ ingredients ]
1 1/2 cups dark roast hot brewed coffee
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
3 ounces Kahlua
3 ounces creme de cacao
2 ounces brandy
1/4 cup heavy cream
whipped cream or marshmallows for garnish
[ directions ]
1. Place the brewed coffee, chocolate, and sugar in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until the chocolate has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the Kahlua, creme de cacao, brandy, and heavy cream.
2. Pour into cups and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows.
Filed under Fashion, Food
I distinctly remember the year the first LINDT store opened in my town. From then on, each Easter my mother would gift my brother and me with a LINDT GOLD BUNNY, and each Christmas with a LINDT BEAR. We always open our stockings last, and between the practical items like mini shampoos and new pens, it was always the best treat to find that decadent chocolate bear.
I am so thrilled to be partnering with LINDT this season to show off this favorite holiday indulgence of mine. As you can see, LINDT BEAR makes the perfect accessory for a holiday party look, as it’s the hostess gift every party-giver wants to receive!
You’re never too old to give or receive LINDT BEAR. From a stocking stuffer to a hostess gift, it’s a present sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face. And my personal favorite thing about this festive holiday treat? No matter where I’m spending Christmas [and I've spent it in a lot of places!], one bite of the smooth milk chocolate, and I’m instantly back in my childhood home, unwrapping gifts with my parents and brother under our long-gone family tree.
Plaid Charlton Dress, Jack Wills | Knit Sweater, American Eagle [similar 1; 2] | Skinny Bow Ring, Kate Spade | Clutch, Zara [similar] | Glitter Heels, Kate Spade [similar]
Another perfect item to stuff a stocking with is the Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar. It’s the same smooth, melting milk chocolate that we know and love as truffles, but in on-the-go form perfect for carrying around in your purse during long afternoons of Christmas shopping, or for sneaking into a Christmas stocking!
How does Lindt Chocolate fit into your holiday memories?
Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by LINDT Chocolate USA. All opinions expressed are my own.
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I give in, fall is here! And with it, comes fall shopping [oh how I miss those back-to-school shopping trips!]. Here’s what’s at the top of my wish list for this autumn season…
[ 1 ] Field Jacket (J.Crew, $148):: I have yet to find a more perfect example of a not-too-heavy, not-too-light jacket for fall. Ideally, I’d love a Barbour, but this J.Crew version would do just fine!
[ 2 ] Quilted Jacket (Jack Wills, $148):: For days a bit chillier and for events a bit dressier. I tried this one from Jack Wills on and it feels like butter. So incredibly soft.
[ 3 ] Belts (Kiel James Patrick, $85):: For adding fun fall pops to plain skirts + trousers.
[ 4 ] (Kiel James Patrick, $112)
[ 5 ] Quintessential Fall Skirts (J. Crew Factory, $59.50):: Plaid, wool, tweed– I’ll take any!
[ 6 ] Penny Loafers (Frye, $160):: Just darling. What more needs to be said?
[ 7 ] Baseball Cap [Harding-Lane, $30):: I'm rarely interested in hats, but I am LOVING the look of casual caps as accessories this fall.
[ 8 ] Kelly Green (ASOS, $37):: Any and all of it.
[ 9 ] Tortoise (Sea Lily, $110):: Any and all of it.
[ 10 ] Ballet Flats (J.Crew, $158):: I have this terrible fear of wearing out my favorite riding boots, and I haven’t found a pair I love as much since I bought them three years ago. So to give them days of rest, ballet flats it is!
What are you wishing on this fall? Remember, 25% off everything at J.Crew this weekend with code SHOPFALL!
[ outfit details ]
Nicolette Dress, Lilly Pulitzer [similar 1; 2; 3] | Chambray Shirt, Old Navy | Bracelets, Oh Buoy Boston; Kiel James Patrick; Tiffany & Co. | Purse, Urban Outfitters [similar 1; 2] | Sunshine Satchel Duffel, Marley Lilly | Wedges, Jack Rogers
Here I am again, talking about my bag lady habits. But I am just smitten with these two pieces lately— one plaid bucket bag I picked up in Urban Outfitter‘s Bargain Basement a summer or two ago, and one darling monogrammed tote I can fit my life and then some into.
Now I just need to pack these bags and get my head in the Labor Day game! Will your travel bags be taking you anywhere this weekend?
Toggle coat, American Eagle [similar 1; 2] // Plaid skirt, American Apparel // Sweater, American Eagle // Rope bracelet, Kiel James Patrick // Around the World Watch, Urban Outfitters // Purse, Jesslyn Blake [similar] // Desert boots, Wild Diva [similar 1; 2]
Despite some breezy winds, it was unseasonably warm last weekend in New England, and that called for a walk around Boston’s waterfront area. As much of a tease as it was, it was definitely a welcome break from the blistery teen temperatures, and certainly put me in the spring mindset!
This holiday season, I am loving the idea of pairing casual, comfy plaids, like this soft boyfriend-fit from Jack Wills, with more formal skirts, as in this dark velvet number by Pins and Needles. Don’t get me wrong, I wear sparkly holiday dresses as much as I can in December, but I do think this would be a fun Christmas-party alternative!
Stapleton Shirt, Jack Wills, $79.50
Velvet Mini Circle Skirt, Pins and Needles via Urban Outfitters, $39
Tassel Zip Clutch, ASOS, $25 (sale!)
Bow Hair Clip, American Apparel, $34 (3-pack)
Tock Flats, Kate Spade, $198
Also, at this point “plaid” is starting to look like one of those words that I just don’t think is spelled right…
There is something so perfectly autumnal about cozying up around a big bonfire with hot chocolate and s’mores. My friends used to treck out to the quiet suburban areas of Cambridge from downtown Boston numerous times a year for these, but there is no better time to host them than fall.
Eugenia Kim Textural Turban, Anthropologie, $28
Plaid Lace Back Shirt, Full Tilt, $27
Excursion Quilted Vest, J.Crew, $110
Elson Straight Leg Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, $178
Essex Boot, Sperry, $250
Bow So Basic Bag, ModCloth, $55